The Overcoat and Other Short Stories, Paperback Book
3 out of 5 (2 ratings)


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications Inc.
  • Publication Date:
  • ISBN: 9780486270579


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I was dubious when first assigned to read this, but I learned to enjoy Gogol's work. His stories are fun, often funny, and whimsical without being frivolous. Through Gogol I developed a better appreciation for Russian literature -- there's more to it than 'Crime and Punishment'. I rated this book at 2 stars, because some stories included were less enjoyable than others.

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If subsequent Russian greats claimed to have built on Gogol, I find that they did indeed progress beyond him. The 4 stories in this collection hold the readers interest and they seem consistently tight, but Ivan Ivanovich is no Ivan Ilyich. The Overcoat, the title work for this collection was the best of the 4. Character development was perfect and the ending intriguing. Two of the oother stories were entertaining, though anti-climactic. The Nose was a complete disappointment. The quality of writing is there but the concept was completely absurd and the author's stepping out of voice at the end explained rather than saved it. What I enjoyed most about Gogol was his ability to paint a scene through partial strokes of character and scenery details. I also enjoyed how he often directly states that no more needs to be said about certain minor characters.

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